"Instead of throwing a lavish party, I gifted myself a trip back to la madre patria — to Perú."
"I am living my life for myself. I am celebrating myself. I would rather create a core memory than worry about the judgment of others."
"I learned a decolonial and people’s history of the region, something I had not encountered throughout my previous travels."
"With each step, I felt gratitude. I felt thankful for my supportive family, this trip, and my travel partners. I especially felt appreciation for my body. After surviving so much, she was carrying me through this trek with strength."